No discussion of the most iconic, influential and important LGBT pop-culture figures would be complete without mention of Ellen DeGeneres. The beloved comedian, actress and host is not only adored by legions of loyal viewers of her daytime talk show, but a recent survey also named her gay men's favorite celebrity endorser.
After a successful start doing stand-up in the '80s and '90s, Ellen left her mark on television history. Her sitcom, Ellen, made headlines when its titular character came out of the closet following DeGeneres’ real-life coming out to Oprah at the height of her show’s popularity. Ellen’s shift into more LGBT-focused content (and, some speculate, waning network support of the gay-friendly content) led to a downturn in ratings, and it was canceled after the following season.
But, we hadn’t heard the last of the funnylady from Metairie, Louisiana. She voiced Dory in Pixar’s Finding Nemo (and will return in an upcoming sequel). Riding a wave of new celebrity-hosted talk shows, Ellen launched her own daytime gabfest in 2003. Eleven years later, the show is still a massive success, beaming DeGeneres’ dancing and silly segments into the living rooms of millions every day.
Put on your dancing shoes and boogie down with some of our favorite Ellen clips, AFTER THE JUMP …